Auckland Breast Centre
Lymph Node Surgery
Breast cancer surgery is always accompanied by an examination of one or more of the lymph nodes in the armpit, sometimes referred to as the axilla. If cancer spreads from the breast, it travels to these “sentinel” lymph nodes first, and we can remove these affected nodes.
Knowing if the cancer has spread also helps us to stage it (find out how much cancer there is in the body and where it is located), advise on further treatment and determine your prognosis.